Vietti Masseria Barbaresco 2005

Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy

Item No. 96098
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS94
  • RP94
  • ST93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Pale ruby color, slight garnet hue, with intense aromas of ripe bing cherries with intricate complexities of minerals, tea leaves and rose petals. With firm, ripe tannins, crisp acidity and feminine and round structure, this Barberesco shows incredible finesse with excellent balance, integration and a long, lingering finish.

Critical Acclaim

"There is such purity of fruit in this. Has a fabulous nose, with aromas of blackberry, raspberry and flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Structured. Best after 2013. 450 cases made. "
94 Points

"I remember being blown away by the 2005 Barbaresco Masseria when I tasted it from barrel late in 2007. Now that the wine is in bottle it is every bit as impressive as my early tastings suggested. This is a Barbaresco that veers into Barolo territory in its scale, massive concentration and sheer opulence of fruit. An intense, super-ripe Barbaresco, it continues to improve in the glass, as its core of dark fruit gradually emerges from a wall of tannins. The wine shows utterly amazing integrity in its fruit and phenomenal balance, although patience is warranted. Vietti has produced yet another gem in the 2005 Barbaresco Masseria. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021. "
94 Points

"Good deep, healthy red. Black raspberry, violet, minerals and tar on the nose, plus a whiff of exotic fruits. Tight, pure and firmly structured; this seems sterner today than most examples of 2005 Barbaresco. But this very firm and youthfully oaky wine has the balance to age. Range: 91-93"
93 Points

"A jaw-dropping tangle of complexity on the nose, with vanilla, mocha and cherry pie filling aromas. The concentrated palate shows serious aromas of tar, earth and leather, giving way to smoke, cherry and barbecue on the long finish. Give the tannins several years to smooth out before drinking. "
92 Points

"From a cru near Nieve planted with 40-year-old vines, Masseria in '05 is a plush expression of Barbaresco. It feels rich and full when first poured, all sweet cherry fruit and oak spice flash. The flavors integrate with air, the oak aromas shifting toward savory tobacco and cedar while the fruit becomes gentle and subtle. It's at once sleek and vibrant. Decant for a grilled rib eye."
92 Points

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The history of the Vietti winery traces its roots back to the 19th Century. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, however, did the Vietti name become a winery offering its own wines in bottle. Patriarch Mario Vietti, starting from 1919 made the first Vietti wines, selling most of the production in Italy. His most significant achievement was to transform the family farm,...

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Learn About Piedmont

(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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Learn About Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo(neh-bee-OH-low) The King of Piedmont Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to Piedmont, Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...

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